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 WELCOME TO DEMOCRATS ABROAD AUSTRALIA!

Democrats Abroad Australia (DAA) is the official country committee for US Democrats living in Australia. Membership is available only to US citizens. Joining Democrats Abroad does not cancel your registration with your home state.  Everyone still votes through their home state for the November election.

We currently have active chapters in NSW (Sydney), Victoria (Melbourne), ACT (Canberra) and Queensland (Brisbane).  Be sure to check out upcoming events in these cities!

Find out about how to vote from abroad and how you can help Get Out the Vote!

Everyone is welcome to like our Democrats Abroad Australia Facebook page.

Todd St. Vrain, Chair 
0413 722 719; toddstvrain@gmail.com
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    Democrats Abroad Australia AGM 18 March Registrations

    Register to attend the Democrats Abroad Australia Annual General Meeting
    Saturday 18 March 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm AEST

    In person
    North Sydney Community Centre, Wattle Room, 220 Miller St, North Sydney NSW 2060 (Google map and directions)

    Remote
    Free Webex Webconference call (access calling in via your computer)

    The AGM is open to all US citizens who at the time of the AGM are registered as members of Democrats Abroad Australia.  We need your participation to help shape the priorities for DA Australia for the next 2 years and to help elect our national officers.

    Agenda

    9:30am  Arrival in person or online

    10:00am AGM
    - The year in review
    - Discussion of priority activities for 2017 and 2018
    - Approval of revised DA Australia by-laws
    - Election of national officers (candidate statements to be circulated after nominations close 3 March 2017)


    12:00pm Close of AGM; optional self-funded lunch at nearby venue for those attending in person.

    Registrations are now open for U.S. citizens who are members of Democrats Abroad Australia.  (If you are not yet a member, join before registering).  

    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE DA AUSTRALIA AGM, EITHER IN PERSON OR WEBEX 

    Democrats Abroad Australia encourages you to make a voluntary donation to help cover venue hire costs and build our 2018 Get out the Vote ad campaign to find and register more expat Americans.  Suggested amounts are $15, $25 or $50.  Donations can be made at the AGM or by direct deposit into the Democrats Abroad Australia bank account.  BSB: 032-007 Account #: 386555 Account name: Democrats Abroad Australia (DAA) Inc. (Please include your name in the reference field).

     

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    Volunteer with the DA Global Working Groups

    It's up to us! President Obama left us with this message in his farewell address.  

    In addition to being involved with Democrats Abroad at the local chapter or national level, there are a number of ways to volunteer through the Democrats Abroad global working groups. Connect with Democrats around the world and make a difference.  See the Google form at the end to sign up!

    DA Action Team (DAAT)  

    Every day we hear of more big and small actions we could/should be taking to resist the destructive plans and actions of the Trump administration.  Many of us are being asked daily by numerous groups to take action, many country committees are already developing responses, and on our website suggestions to call Congress are being regularly updated (at: http://www.democratsabroad.org/congressional_call_storm). Our members want to be able to help from wherever they live, want us to provide a place where they can participate and initiate action.

    DA Caucuses

    Our LGBT Caucus, Women’s Caucus and Young DA Caucus leaders are revved up since the election to ramp up Caucus efforts to protect and fight for equal rights and to expand their membership and effectiveness.  They’re looking for a contact person in each country committee for each of these Caucuses, and to expand their “steering committees.”  

     
    We need to establish a process to determine which issues global DA will take up and/or defend, and what specific actions we can/should most effectively take.  We want to make sure that we act efficiently on ideas that bubble up and across the DA globe, AND we want to use our worldwide reach judiciously and effectively. We need to review and expand our arsenal of tools and coordinate our advocacy actions.

    We’d also like to know if anyone is interested to help forma Black Caucus, Hispanic Caucus, AAPI Caucus, Minority Caucus, Senior Caucus, Veterans & Military Families Caucus or another group.

    Charter/Bylaws/Rules Committee

    This committee will review and possibly offer amendments to a number of our guiding document, from the DA Charter to model Country Committee  bylaws and Country Committee election guidelines to make sure that these important documents meet our needs and are in line with each other. 

    Voting Issues Group (VIG)

    A number of DA leaders from the GOTV and IT teams have started developing a list of general and state-specific problems encountered by overseas voters in 2016.  We will be sharing our findings with the State Dept, Congress, the FVAP (Federal Voting Assistance Program), the DNC, state parties, the Uniform Law Commission and local and state election officials to ask for help to resolve these issues.

    2017 DPCA Global Meeting

    The Democrats Abroad International AGM will be held in the U.S. (May 12-15 in Arlington, VA).  The following events need to be planned:  DPCA business meeting including reports, resolutions, Charter amendment discussions, trainings, feedback and “looking to the future” sessions, elections and social events.  Holding the meeting in the DC area provides ample opportunities for super guest speakers.  

    2017 Door Knock

    This volunteer activity is especially useful if you plan to be in DC for the Democrats Abroad International AGM.  On May 16-17, after the DPCA Global Meeting, we will conduct our 2017 Democrats Abroad DC Door Knock.  We’ll call on Congress (both Houses and perhaps again both sides of the aisle) and key staff, as well as officials from other relevant government agencies to advocate for issues of concern to overseas Americans.  These Door Knock sessions have been extremely productive and fun and provide excellent opportunities for us to carry our message(s) to Washington.  As we’ve organized increasingly large and small Door Knocks in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2014, twice in 2015 and in 2016, we’ve developed an effective model. 
     
    For this Door Knock, we’ll adapt the model to:  determine 2017 advocacy topics, update or develop leave-behind-packs, set up appointments, set up morning meetings at DNC with guest speakers, establish and lightly train teams and team leaders.  
     
    LINK TO THE GOOGLE FORM

     
    If you would like to work with any of these global teams, please let us know on this google form link provided below.  
     
    https://goo.gl/forms/ub5mgYnyF1E7y8Ey1

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    Upcoming Events

    Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 03:00 PM · 3 rsvps
    Patanella Cafe in North Hobart, Australia

    Come to DA Tasmania's First Ever Meet Up!

    Join us for Democrats Abroad Tasmania's first mee-up ever!  In these disturbing and unprecedented times, it's incredibly important we come together.

    This is a chance to mix and mingle and share our thoughts about everything happening in the United States.  We'll also discuss what we can do to make a difference as expat Americans in Australia through Democrats Abroad.  

    You must be a US citizen to be a member of Democrats Abroad.  But our events are open to friends and family of all nationalities!

    Wednesday, March 01, 2017 at 07:45 AM

    Breakfast with California State Senator Ricardo Lara

    Join us for breakfast with California State Senator Ricardo Lara on Wednesday, 1 March for his insights about the current state of US politics and his thoughts on the future of the Democratic Party.

    Senator Lara (D-Bell Gardens, 33rd District) is a champion for educational equity, civil rights, the environment and immigrant rights.  Raised in a blue collar immigrant household, Senator Lara has served as the Chair of the Latino Caucus of the California state legislature. He is the first openly gay person of color elected to the California Senate.

    Wednesday, 1 March 2017
    Level 2, 321 Pitt St
    Sydney NSW 2000

    7:45am Arrival
    8:00am Remarks and Q & A 
    8:45am Event close

    This is a BYO Breakfast event.  Please come with your takeaway coffee/tea and any food.

    RSVP via Eventbrite are essential, due to space limitations.  You do not need to bring your Eventbrite ticket with you but due to the great interest in the event, we will be checking the RSVP guest list at the door.  This is a free event but we encourage a donation of $25 to support DA Australia's 2018 Get Out the Vote efforts.  Donations will be collected at the door and information will be provided at the event about direct deposit to Democrats Abroad Australia.  Democrats Abroad Australia can accept donations only from US citizens.